We want to create a culture where the No. 8 and No. 11 can win the game – Bangladesh coach
Bangladesh is looking to make history as they feel this is their most obvious opportunity to complete a clean sweep against India, who head into the third ODI with a spate of injuries while in both games, Mehidy Hasan’s heroics with the bat helped the host cross the line.
Bangladesh is looking to make history as they feel this is their most obvious opportunity to complete a clean sweep against India, who head into the third ODI with a spate of injuries.
India has had an edge over Bangladesh in the ODIs historically having won 30 matches from 38 games while Bangladesh figured out to earn only seven wins so far.
Bangladesh fielding coach Shane McDermott expressed on Friday that India’s injuries including that of Captain Rohit Sharma ahead of the last game in Chattogram, scheduled on December 10(Saturday) at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium will help the hosts.
“We have a much better chance with him (Rohit) not playing. He is such a high-caliber player. I was a bit surprised that he didn’t come to bat earlier (in the second game). He maybe fell a ball short,”McDermott told reporters ahead of the third game.
“The job is never done. We don’t take international matches lightly. This team has never beaten India 3-0, that’s a massive goal for us. When we don’t win 3-0, we pride ourselves on being hard to beat. We have come close to Pakistan in New Zealand. We came close to potentially making it to the T20 World Cup semifinals. We have been competitive and we are in pressure moments more often than not. I know that after the series win, the boys have one eye on one more win in this ODI series,”he said.
McDermott said that though they have won the series the top order is still a concern for them and expect them to blaze in the condition that will suit them more than anyone else.
In both games, Mehidy Hasan’s heroics with the bat helped the host cross the line.
“It has been a common concern for us [top-order batting]. It will be a better wicket here, with more value for shots. It would have a bit more consistent bounce.
“From a batting point of view it is to have one of our top five batters around till the 40th over, to take the game as deep as we can,”
“Guys are getting through that tough patch of the first 20 balls, the hardest time to bat. It is the next step now to take those 20 balls to 50-100 balls and those match-winning innings and someone from the top five doing it,”he said.
“Yes, the responsibility lies with the top five or six. But everybody is a batter. Look at our No. 8 batter at the moment. He is showing confidence. We want to create a culture where the No. 8 and No. 11 can win the game,” he added.